TORQUAY UNITED Mansell on promotion mission

Torquay United captain, midfielder Lee Mansell, courtesy tufc, copyright phil mingo at pinnacleTorquay United skipper Lee Mansell is hoping for third time lucky as the Gulls mount another League Two promotion bid.

United have suffered play-off heartbreak in the last two seasons but midfield ace Mansell – outstanding in the 4-2 win over Rochdale – is backing Martin Ling’s new-look yellows to go one better this term.

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LEAGUE CUP: HOME START FOR 6 SOUTH WEST SIDES

Bristol City, Cheltenham Town, Exeter City, Plymouth Argyle, Torquay United and Yeovil Town have all received home draws in the Football League Cup first round.

Bristol Rovers are the only south west side to travel in the Capital One Cup first round. Mark McGhee’s Pirates set sail for Ipswich.

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SOUTH WEST FOOTBALL SHORTS

Tiverton Town crestTiverton Town edged into the Southern League Division One South & West top 10 with a 2-1 win at Yate Town last night.

Striker Joe Bushin scored the 90th minute winner to end the yellows three-match losing sequence and edge Mark Saunders’ side to within a point of Thatcham and Bishops Cleeve with one match remaining.

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MANSELL: BOOT ON THE OTHER FOOT

Torquay United skipper and 2012 player of the year Lee Mansell, image courtesy & copyright www.ppauk.com Torquay skipper Lee Mansell is targeting automatic promotion to League One.

Gulls’ player of the year Mansell is fully focused on a last-day win at relegation-haunted Hereford today, when third placed Crawley visit Accrington.

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TORQUAY UNITED 4 IN PFA LEAGUE 2 TEAM OF YEAR

torquay united skipper Lee Mansell, image courtesy tufc, copyright pinnacle ukFour Torquay United players are included in the 2012 Professional Footballers’ Association League Two team of the year, announced last night at the annual awards ceremony in London.

Gulls goalkeeper Robert (Bobby) Olejnik, left back Kevin Nicholson, playmaker Eunan O’Kane and 13-goal midfield captain Lee Mansell are in the divisional team of the year, recognised by their fellow professionals.

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SWSN MIDWEEK FOOTBALL SHORTS

Plymouth Argyle’s England Youth international Matt Lecointe has signed professional forms to stay at Home Park.

The 17-year-old Plymouth-born striker (pictured) netted his first senior goal for Carl Fletcher’s Pilgrims in a 3-2 win at Dagenham in mid-October and has established himself as a first team squad regular.

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SOUTH WEST FOOTBALL AT-A-GLANCE

Bristol City’s crunch Championship clash at Nottingham Forest today kicks off at 1720.

In League One, Gary Johnson's Yeovil Town host Rochdale (Huish Park, 1500) in the region’s top Football League match.

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